Buchholz receives top volunteer award

Roger Buchholz, second from left, was honored at a program attended by, from left: Debi Durham, IEDA; Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynold.


A local man was among 47 individuals or couples honored for their work in their local Main Street program.

Roger Buchholz, Elkader, received a Volunteer of the Year Award, which was presented by Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, and Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). Buchholz was recognized for his tireless efforts on developing Founders Park.

“Elkader was designated a Main Street community 21 years ago.  Since that time, Elkader has become a community that others envy,” said Main Street Elkader Program Director Roger Thomas. “I often receive phone calls and comments on how Elkader is keeping its retail and industrial base. My answer is easy believe: In your community and always stay positive.”

 Since 1991, Elkader has a net gain of 69 business starts, relocations or expansions, along with 137 rehabilitation projects with a private investment of nearly $5 million.

 “Volunteers like Roger are the key to the success of the Main Street program and our program has accumulated over 96,000 of volunteer hours,” added Thomas.  

The 27th annual Main Street Iowa Awards celebration was held Friday, May 17, in Des Moines.  Thomas, Roger Buchholz, who serves on the Elkader Main Street Board, and Betty Buchholz represented Elkader. Approximately 400 individuals from communities across the state were in attendance.  


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